The Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef. Darren Jew

Queenslanders urged to holiday in home state

QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to take advantage of upcoming back-to-back long weekends to explore some of the state's hottest tourism destinations.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said Queensland operators' doors were open and ready to welcome visitors.

"The back-to-back long weekends of Easter and Anzac Day make a great excuse to take a break at one of the great tourism locations across Queensland," she said.

"Queensland offers a range of holiday options.

"From our famous theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries, to a Whitsundays island escape, natural encounter along the Great Barrier Reef, beauty of a walk in one of the state's rainforests or the quintessential Aussie heritage on offer from a station-stay in the outback.

"Many destinations are also hosting fantastic events and festivals such as Easterfest in Toowoomba.

"While many operators are reporting strong bookings, there are still some vacancies for visitors who want to escape to our state's superb destinations."

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